Cuba Caribbean Endemic Birding
for the Audubon Society of Greater Denver
February 1-11, 2017
You will visit some of the most important birding sites in Cuba, including the wetlands of the Zapata Peninsula (a Biosphere Reserve), Viñales and Cayo Coco. Caya Coco is one of the most important migratory stops in all of the Caribbean. A good mix of habitats will be covered, including forests, marshes, mangroves, coastal shrubs, patches of grass, and lagoons.
Everyone will also enjoy seeing Cuba from Havana, Trinidad and most of the western two-thirds of the country. You will see Havana (the capital city of Havana), the country side, and a good mix of small town life to other cultural opportunities, such as Camaquey (a UNESCO world heritage site). Cuba’s rich cultural, music and historic traditions will be accessible, as you travel throughout the country.
Day 1: Arrival in Havana and Trip Orientation
Day 2: Early AM Transfer to Zapata and Bird Rest of Day
Day 3: Great Start for Zapata: Full Day Birding Bermeja
Day 4: Full Day Birding in Zapata: AM Marsh Habitat at La Turba; PM Continue Birding in the Area
Day 5: AM Birding in Zapata (as needed); PM Off to Camagüey
Day 6: AM Birding Najasa; PM Birding Cayo Coco
Day 7: AM Birding Cayo Paredón Grande; PM Birding Cayo Guillermo
Day 8: AM Birding Cayo Coco or Other Coastal; Most Day Driving with Few Birding Stops to Havana
Day 9: AM Birding at Las Terrazas and La Guira on Way to Viñales; PM Birding Viñales
Day 10: AM Birding Viñales; Birding as Return to Havana
Day 11: Flights Home Today
Below you can view the detailed itinerary for our Cuba Caribbean Endemic Birding trip, or use the button on the right to download it.
Our Cuban tour provides you with a great opportunity to see all possible Cuban endemic birds and in addition other terrific bird, including a good number of Caribbean endemic species. Cuban endemics includes Gundlach’s Hawk, Bee Hummingbird (smallest hummingbird in the world), Cuban Trogon, Cuban Tody, Cuban Parakeet and Zapata Wren. In addition, there are over twenty West Indian endemics possible, including West Indian Whistling-Duck, Key West Quail-Dove, Great Lizard-Cuckoo, Loggerhead Kingbird and Western Spindalis.
For more information about this trip contact Charles Thornton-Kolbe at the Partnership for International Birding: